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As everything in our bodies begin to slow down and deteriorate, focusing on general health and overall well-being is important to many in the senior community. In addition to targeting specific areas that may already be problematic, finding ways to improve your general health is crucial. General health concerns may include:

  • Immune system
  • Inflammation
  • Pain management
  • Stress
  • Memory
  • Sleep

In addition to vitamins, diet, and lifestyle, seniors may rely on taking anti-inflammatory pain relievers, opioids, and other prescription medication for any of the above general health issues.

 

CBD is the natural alternative for prescription and over-the-counter medications, offering both medicinal and therapeutic benefits that seniors can take advantage of.

 

CBD for Immune System Health

Focusing on improving immune system health is always a high priority among the senior community. Vitamins, dietary supplements, antioxidants, diet, and lifestyle choices can all positively impact the immune system. Natural supplements and remedies are always key for seniors since they’re likely already juggling more than one prescription drug.

 

The endocannabinoid system found within our own human biology is tied directly to our immune system. Cannabinoids act as neuromodulators that work to protect and lubricate systems for homeostasis among the immune system. More research on CBD and its direct effects on our immune system are still needed; however, the preclinical research available shows CBD as a viable antioxidant. Boosting immune function is logical due to the endocannabinoid system’s role in the immune system.

 

Resources: (Scientific studies)

The Profile of Immune Modulation by Cannabidiol (CBD) Involves Deregulation of Nuclear Factor of Activated T Cells (NFAT):

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2748879/

Targeting Cannabinoid Signaling in the Immune System: “High”-ly Exciting Questions, Possibilities, and Challenges:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5686045/

The Health Effects of Cannabis and Cannabinoids: The Current State of Evidence and Recommendations for Research:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK425755/

CBD as Preventative Medicine:

https://www.projectcbd.org/about/herbal-medicine/cbd-preventative-medicine

 

CBD for Inflammation

Inflammation seems to be the root cause of many major health disorders that can afflict any part of your body. Seniors experience a high rate of inflammation that can be debilitating. Anti-inflammatory over-the-counter pain relievers can cause ulcers and other negative side effects with long-term use.

 

Introducing CBD to your body sends signals directly to the endocannabinoid system to reduce inflammation. This natural signaling is highly effective and proven through numerous studies. The acclaimed anti-inflammatory properties of CBD offers immediate alleviation of pain often caused by inflammation. Regardless of how CBD is administered, it targets any part of the body that’s inflamed.

 

Resources: (Scientific studies)

Cannabidiol as an emergent therapeutic strategy for lessening the impact of inflammation on oxidative stress:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21238581

The endocannabinoid system: an emerging key player in inflammation:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=The+endocannabinoid+system%3A+an+emerging+key+player+in+inflammation

Cannabinoids, endocannabinoids, and related analogs in inflammation:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19199042

 

CBD for Pain Management

Seniors unfortunately suffer from chronic pain. With so many different medical conditions and the general deterioration of our health, it’s no wonder that many seniors deal with chronic pain. Seniors aren’t immune to to the opioid epidemic currently plaguing the United States– 17% of seniors over the age of 65 have abused prescription medications. Prescription and over-the-counter pain-relievers have too many consequences, requiring another solution for pain management.

 

CBD’s pain management properties have been renowned through numerous studies. The natural effectiveness of CBD offers a great alternative treatment for various ailments. The way that CBD interacts with our endocannabinoid system sends signals to other neurotransmitters to alleviate immune response, therefore reducing pain. There’s no way of overdosing or becoming dependent on CBD, making it a wonderful solution to our current opioid crisis.

 

Resources: (Scientific studies)

Sativex: clinical efficacy and tolerability in the treatment of symptoms of multiple sclerosis and neuropathic pain:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16553576

Non-psychoactive cannabinoids modulate the descending pathway of antinociception in anesthetized rats through several mechanisms of action:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20942863

Cannabinoids in the management of difficult to treat pain: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18728714

 

CBD for Stress

Senior stress is a pressing concern that many might not understand. Stress affects seniors in a completely different way than younger adults– the effects of stress can sometimes exacerbate health conditions, causing further worry and a vicious cycle. Stress in seniors can cause changes in eating habits, mood, memory, physcial condition, as well as socialization. Addressing stress is vital in ensuring it doesn’t affect other major components in senior wellbeing.

 

The endocannabinoid system regulates numerous physiological functions including stress. CBD naturally sends signals throughout the endocannabinoid system to better regulate stress and reach homeostasis. Scientific studies have concluded that CBD is a viable solution for dealing with stress.

 

Resources: (Scientific studies)

Endogenous cannabinoid signalling is essential for stress adaptation:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20439721

Cannabinoid receptor activation prevents the effects of chronic mild stress on emotional learning and LTP in a rat model of depression:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24141570

The anxiolytic effect of cannabidiol on chronically stressed mice depends on hippocampal neurogensis: involvement of the endocannabinoid system:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23298518

 

CBD for Memory

Memory loss, or cognitive decline, is one of the biggest fears that anyone in the senior community can face. The implications of memory loss can point to terrible diseases like dimentia and Alzheimer’s. Finding ways to protect memory remains a high priority for anyone over the age of 50.

 

There still needs to be more research completed in order to definitively state that CBD prevents memory loss– however, the current preclinical studies available showcase CBD as a promising solution. CBD has already been shown to help those suffering from neurological disorders. Studies have shown that CBD can promote neurogensis which essentially reduces the deterioration of cognitive functions. Other studies have shown that CBD can reduce permanent brain damage caused from head traumas.

 

Resources: (Scientific studies)

Neuroprotective effect of cannabidiol, a non-pscyhoactive component from Cannabis sativa, on beta-amyloid-induced toxicity in PC12 cells: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15030397

The role of phytochemicals in the treatment and prevention of dementia: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21639405

Neurological Aspects of Medical Use of Cannabidiol: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28412918

 

CBD for Sleep

Many seniors suffer from insomnia due to health issues. Whether it’s due to anxiety, medication side effects, concerns of aging, etc., seniors generally don’t get enough sleep. Lack of sleep can be very debilitating and cause numerous other health issues.

 

In modest doses, CBD is actually a littl alerting– it activates the same adenosine receptors as caffeine. However, many patients that suffer from insomnia and other sleep disorders have reported that taking CBD a few hours prior to bed has offered them a balanced sleep cycle. While more research is still required, preclinical sutides have shown that CBD may improve sleep.

 

Resources: (Scientific studies)

Effects of acute systemic administration of cannabidiol on sleep-wake cycle in rats: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23343597

Cannabidiol, a constituent of Cannabis sativa, modulates sleep in rats: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16844117

Endocannabinoid Signaling Regulates Sleep Stability: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27031992


CBD Products for Seniors

Our CBD tincture can be used as a topical solution, perfect for acute arthritis relief alongside muscle soreness, general stiffness, and joint pain. This topical solution can be applied directly to any painful or stiff areas of the body, offering immediate relief. For more severe cases of arthritis and osteoporosis, we recommend utilizing our CBD tincture, CBD gummies, or CBD isolate. These applications offer higher dosage and relief for not only joint pain and disease, but also for neurological health, mental health, digestive and gastrointestinal health, and cardiovascular health. Our CBD tincture offers an optimal remedy for digestive and gastrointestinal health.

For more information regarding hemp-derived products for seniors, please give us a call!

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